Novice budget travelers should learn to pack lightly
before mastering any other money-saving technique. Airlines are imposing penalties for heavy baggage, and most charge for the mere privilege of checking bags. Here are links to Web pages with baggage policies for 10 major world airlines. If your airline of choice is unlisted here, go to the home page of its Web site, click on a link (usually in small print) for "Site Map" and then find baggage information. While every effort is made to keep these summaries updated, please click the links to verify your costs with information directly from the airline web pages.